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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Apr 10, 2011 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- a monumental barnburner of epic proportion and one of the finest spring tours ever.

To me, I think 71 was a great year but I do agree with the poster about 71, the fall is pretty good with Keith and one drummer, but those april-may shows from 71 smoke. For me though the honey hole year was 72, many, many, many great shows. Europe and then those stanley shows late in Sept of 1972. It is hard to go wrong with any 72 show for me. While i like 77, at times I feel they are playing the same show over and over, great musicianship but sometimes boring sets. 78 has some moments and I do like this 4/8 show but after 78 for me it was hit or miss. I enjoy the 81 shows, then after 81 there are great runs but it always comes back to 72 for me. They never seem to have an off night and some great setlists. I place the 60's in a category of their own, at times you cannot compare anything from 66-69 to anything. The 60's stuff is phenomenal, great jammin and spread out stuff, pig is up in the mix, you can feel the band getting it! I do agree that one cannot make definitive statements, just too many of us with opinions about what year we like and love. This is why I love this forum, although me personally after 1982, they are hit or miss and I don't think you can compare it to anything in the 70's or 60's but I will not criticize anyone for lovin his period, if you love the Dead that is fine with me!